In Search Of…D.B. Cooper

During the waning hours of Thanksgiving eve 1971, a Boeing 727 leaves Portland bound for Seattle. This plane and its passengers will become the most infamous skyjacking is American history. A man called DB Copper by the news media jumped from the plane over dense forest carrying four parachutes, and 200,000 dollars. Why is the crime still unsolved? Who is Cooper? Where is the money today?

So starts another episode In Search Of…, and another intriguing mystery examined. Living in the Pacific Northwest all my life, a year does not go by where you don’t hear the name DB Cooper mentioned somewhere. Granted, not as often as you once did; but the mystery still remains unsolved. This particular episode aired in 1979, before some of the 200,000 dollars was found by a young boy 1980 along the Columbia River. The show dives deep into what was known up to that point. We hear from people also on the plane that day, detectives looking for Cooper, a hunter that found possible evidence, and a survivalist determines whether Cooper could have survived in the area he supposedly jumped into from the Northwest Orient Boeing 727. A hearty amount of conjecture is mixed in for good measure, but what would you expect from In Search Of…?

Even in 1971, it amazes me a person could walk up to an airline desk, buy a ticket with cash, and have no need for identification (?) in identifying who they are. As we all know too well, that can never happen these days; which just adds to the legend. A guy no one knew, buys an airline ticket, hijacks an airplane, demands money, gets his demands met, and jumps from the airplane, never to be seen again. A legend is born! Did Cooper make it? While driving from Seattle to Portland earlier today I sure wondered that myself…what a legend indeed.

A great wiki link about DB Cooper, the hijacking, and ongoing mystery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper

Tom Berges

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One thought on “In Search Of…D.B. Cooper

  1. Max Power says:

    1971 was still the dawn of the “skyjacking” era, so identification was pretty light. Even through the 1980s, I remember commuter shuttles between cities like NYC and Washington DC operating more like a bus, where you could show up at the airport and buy a ticket for the next flight. Most of the requirements now are just security theater, intended to make the passengers feel like they’re safer.

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